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Future Games Team Mid-Atlantic Spotlight: Nathan Knowles

John Nolan
Virginia Scouting Director & Managing Editor

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Next week, Prep Baseball Report's premier summer underclass event will get underway, for the first time taking place at LakePoint in Georgia. The Future Games features over 400 of the top uncommitted 2021 and 2022 players from across the country at one place and is one of the most heavily scouted events of the year, with all 30 MLB clubs represented and well over 160 college coaches coming each year to follow four days of action.

Players take part in a workout day followed by three days of games. Teams are selected regionally by PBR's local scouting staffs, with Team Mid-Atlantic being made up of the top players from Maryland, Delaware, DC, and Virginia. We will unveil this year's team in the coming week in these profile spotlights, continue to follow us for all of our coverage in the coming weeks.

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VA/DC Scout Blog

Knowles has a strong athletic frame that has some projection left to it. He throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a short quick arm action. Shoulders are downhill and closed as he strides out. Lands a bit closed with some fall off and recoil in his finish. Fastball was 83-85 with some downward plane and a hair of late run to it. Curveball was 72 with good armspeed and hard 11/5 break. Change-up was 68 with good armspeed and heavy fade to it. Mature frame and feel for three pitches.




VA/DC Scout Blog

Knowles has a strong athletic frame that still has some projection left to it. Wide hips and shoulders, throws from a high three-quarters arm slot with a drop and drive delivery. Short loose, very quick arm action, throws with some effort. Shoulders closed and level, lands on line and falls off with some recoil as he finishes. Fastball was 81-85, touching 86 once. Pitch had some boring action to arm side, but was flatter at times, got some downward plane as well. Worked inside and out. Curveball was 67-70 with late tight 11/5 break and some armspeed, ran 12/6 a few times when he got on top of it. Also showed a slider at 73-74 that had more cutter action to it. Used a lot of fastball and McLean is aggressive, didn't get into many plus counts to use his curveball as an out pitch. Arm is very quick and he has projection left as well as the makings of a good fastball/curveball combo. A very intriguing arm to continue to follow.


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